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Reach out to the unsaved in your
community this 4th of July.
It's easy to pass out patriotic tracts
— start walking through the crowd
saying, "Happy Independence Day" or "God bless
America" as you
give them out.
If anyone seems friendly, stop
and chat with him, and then take
him through the Gospel.
See more ideas and order tracts at Living
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Make Ice Cream
Making homemade ice cream together is a
traditional part of many 4th of July family
picnics and is a family memory shared by many
Buy an ice cream maker or use your
freezer or two
Ingredients can include cream, milk, or
yogurt; sugar or honey;
Add fresh, seasonal fruit in or on your ice
See many ice
cream recipes and instructions; find 460
sorbets made without milk (make
quick and easy sorbets by just using fruit
juice in an electric ice cream maker!).
Make healthy popsicles by blending up fruit
(like watermelon) and freezing it in molds,
or blend fresh or frozen berries with yogurt
(sweeten to taste).
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Creation Science Resources
for Your Vacations
Wonders of Geology
These ten brochures explain awesome
formations from a biblical viewpoint.
Beautifully illustrated and clearly
• Grand Canyon,
• Mount St. Helens,
• Cave Formations
• Dinosaur Monument,
• Petrified Forests,
• Devils Tower,
• Niagara Falls, North
• White Cliffs of
Pack from Answers in Genesis includes all
10 tri-fold brochures.
This Bible-based handbook from Answers in
Genesis features more than 100 animals with
beautiful pictures and amazing facts and
design features that point to our awesome
With aquariums around the world using Gods
amazing creatures to teach evolution,
Christians need information that gives them
biblical truth. Covers more than 100 sea
creatures. From Answers in Genesis.
Creation Science Road Guides
• Road Guide to the John
Day Area of Central Oregon
• Road Guide to Yellowstone
National Park and Adjacent Areas
Creation Science Museums
Biblical creation science museums.
• Museum of Earth
History; Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Archeology and Anthropology Museum;
of Creation and Earth History; Santee,
• A Key
Encounter; Key West, Florida
Adventure Land; Pensacola, Florida
World Museum; Phoenix, New York
Fossils & Science Center; Akron, Ohio
Museum; Cincinnati, Ohio
River Museum; Lemmon, South Dakota
Archaeological Museum; Cornersville,
Evidence Museum; Glen Rose, Texas
• Mt. Blanco
Fossil Museum; Lubbock, Texas
Wonders Museum of Mount St. Helens;
• Big Valley
Creation Science Museum; Big Valley,
Expo; Portsmouth, England
Information from Creation
Science Museums and Information Centers.
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What Butter Knives Become
When They Grow Up
As I cut up apple slices for my children, I
warned them never to handle the paring knife
because it was sharp and could hurt them.
One day my 4-year-old son, Caleb, came to me
with an apple and a butter knife in hand,
asking me to cut it up for him. He explained
with a big smile that he only brought the
butter knife because it wasn't sharp like the
Submitted by Rhonda, Florida
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God Loves You.
Because we have been separated from God by
sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then
rose to life again. If we trust Him as our
Savior and Lord, He will forgive our sin and
give us eternal life.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
Copyright 2007 The Teaching Home
In This Issue: More Summer Activities
1. Mark Your Summer Events
2. Make a Clean Sweep of Your
3. Spread the Good News
4. Must You Finish Your Leftovers?
• AVKO Multi-Sensory Language
• Speedy Spanish and
• Christian Family Books in Spanish
In this issue we bring you more ideas for
May the Lord bless you and your family for
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
Home is a home-school, family-run
business operated in our home since 1980.
1. Mark Your Summer Events Calendar
It's time to check your calendar and mark any
dates that you won't want to miss this summer!
Be Prepared with a Creation Science
If your family visits a national park,
geological feature, or zoo, you will
encounter evolutionary explanations.
Be prepared with a creation-science view of
God's awesome works which show that real
science confirms the biblical account of
creation and a global flood.
Read online "Why
shouldn't Christians accept
millions of years?" Chapter 2 of the New
See "Creation Science Resources for Your
Vacations" in the column on the left.
God's Creation as a Family
Vacation" by Dave and Mary Jo Nutting with
information on Yellowstone, Grand Tetons,
Dinosaur National Monument, Grand Canyon,
Mount St. Helens, Mammoth Cave and Carlsbad
Caverns, and Niagara Falls.
Try a Rock and Gem Show
Has your family ever visited a rock and gem
show (often includes fossils too)?
These can be a fascinating look into the
beauty of God's creation, stimulation for
science study, and just plain family fun.
Most of these shows are free. Find a
and gem show near
you in an online list of dozens of shows all
over the nation.
Attend Free Outdoor Performances
Check with your local newspaper for a list of
free outdoor performances such as concerts,
plays, historic reenactments, and zoo exhibits.
This is a great opportunity to introduce
children to cultural events that would
otherwise be too expensive, or too long, for
them to sit through.
Take sleeping bags or folding chairs to sit
on and snacks that are not messy or complicated.
Give your children some background
information, or introduce them to the main
plot and background of a play or opera,
before attending so they can get more out of
Enter the Fair
Contact your county or state fair for entry
deadlines and information.
Contact your local newspaper or
Office (see a list) of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
See a list of
50 state fairs with links
to their websites.
Submitting an entry in your county or state
fair can be challenging and rewarding.
The study and skill-building needed to
produce your entry provides motivation and
opportunity to hone a life skill, and the
recognition can encourage your child.
Almost any accomplishment can be
entered. You can enter your family's
favorite cookie, your child's artwork or
science fair project, a cross-stitched
sampler, a flower or vegetable, etc. in one
of these typical categories:
Flowers, fruits, and vegetables
Needlework, handcrafts, and garment making
Baking and canning
There are usually age levels from under 5
years to seniors over 65 years.
There are all kinds of things to see and do
at your state or county fair. If you
don't submit an entry this year, go check out
the possibilities for next year.
AVKO (Audio, Visual,
Kinesthetic, and Oral)
Offers a Multi-Sensory Approach to
Language Arts through Phonics and Word
Individualized Keyboarding teaches
reading and spelling skills as your child
masters the keyboard.
Let's Write Right teaches
reading/spelling as the alphabet is
Sequential Spelling builds
To Teach a Dyslexic is the readable
and enjoyable autobiography of Don McCabe, a
dyslexic who has become a widely recognized
expert on dyslexia and head of AVKO.
To try it before you buy it or for
information on dyslexia, visit our website.
Complimentary samples and downloads. www.spelling.org/homeschooling.htm
____________________________________________2. Make a Clean Sweep of Your Home
Dejunk Your Home with the Four Box Method
What can you do this summer to make things a
whole lot easier for you all year long?
Dejunk your house!
The "Four-Box Dejunking Method" below is
recommended by many experts to help you
identify and dispose of clutter.
Get four boxes and label them:
1) Throw Away, 2) Give Away
or Sell, 3) Storage, and
4) Put Away.
Make a decision about each item you pick up
and place it in the correct box.
Schedule time before you stop working each
day to appropriately dispose of box contents.
#128, read more about becoming motivated
to get your house in order, planning your
decluttering strategies, finding a place for
everything, and learning how to keep clutter
out of your home.
Sale Tips: How To Organize a Garage Sale."
Finish Up with "Spring Cleaning"
Because of school schedules, a thorough house
cleaning from attic to basement may be easier
for homeschoolers to do during the summer
than the spring.
You might want to set aside a week or a full
or partial day each week for cleaning until
it is done.
As you clean, continue using the 4-box method
of getting rid of clutter.
about cutting clutter at organizedhome.com.
Find professional cleaning products and notes
on how to use them at Don Aslett's
Clean each room and and deal with each and
every item, nook, and cranny. See a
week-by-week, room-by-room cleaning
Clean as a team. Assign each member of your
family a chore (some may want to specialize)
and see how much more you can do working
Celebrate when done!
Speedy Spanish (Christian Course) and
Books That Teach and Build Character
Speedy Spanish Courses offer you a
compact, Christian, easy-to-use curriculum
for grades 3-12.
Exercises, games, Bible verses, and songs
make this a fast, fun way to learn Spanish.
Self-teaching cassettes or CDs are
Also from Bechtel Books at www.Speedy-Spanish.com:
Many teaching aids for pre-K through teens.
Devotional, missionary, puzzle, coloring, and
____________________________________________3. Spread the Good News
Opportunities to share the good news of
salvation are available in some unique ways
during the summer!
Pray that the Lord will direct you to a
ministry and bring people into your life that
you can witness to — and He will!
Help with your church's Vacation Bible School.
Teach a one-week neighborhood Bible class in
your backyard with songs, verses, and Bible
stories, such as Jesus: My Savior and Friend,
five evangelistic flashcard Bible lessons
Help man an evangelistic booth at a
fair. (Check opportunities with Amazing Grace
Use tracts to spread the Gospel. Read tips on
and how to use tracts online by Dan
Southern, president, American Tract Society.
Order tracts such as patriotic
Simple Plan of Salvation" (in many
languages); and free Gospels
of John (available from the Pocket
Testament League in several translations with
the plan of salvation included; also Spanish
and Chinese versions).
Pray that the seeds of God's Word you have
planted will bear eternal fruit.
Reach Out to Your Spanish-Speaking
Friends and Neighbors with Books
To Help Them Build Christian
Missionaries in Mexico, Mike and Pam
Richardson, also provide home-school
information and support to Spanish-speaking
families through Vida Nueva Ministries at www.elhogareducador.org.
Now you are able to order a fine selection of
books (such as Created To Be His Help
Meet, shown above) that you can use to
minister to Spanish- speaking families at elhogareducador.myshopify.com.
____________________________________________4. Must You Finish Your Leftovers?
Do you need to complete any unfinished
studies from last year? Their relative
importance, determined by the level of
competence needed, will help you decide what
really needs to be done.
Level 1: Acquaintance
Some subject matter requires only an
acquaintance, especially if it will be
repeated at a higher level another year (e.g.
elementary science or history books)
Read the material together like you would a
Level 2: Understanding
Some information needs to be more thoroughly
understood before the next level is studied
or in order to relate it to other subjects.
Read and discuss the material together,
referring to a globe, map, or timeline, but
skipping assignments and tests.
Level 3: Mastery
Some essential and basic information requires
instant recall to continue to higher
levels. Examples: math facts and
operations; rules of phonics, spelling, and
grammar; definitions, processes, and
formulas; major eras and events on a timeline.
Review and Drill. Buy or make your own
fact sheets or flash cards which contain the
kernels of information to be remembered in a
#184 for suggestions for incorporating a
short study or review time in the basics each
Remember that information is repeated at a higher
level every few years in most curriculum's
scope and sequence, such as the following:
Beka Scope and Sequence
Jones University Press Scope and Sequence
So . . . decide if and how you need
to finish anything, and then don't worry
about the rest!
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